Activists & HNC Members Hold Sit-in outside UN Geneva HQ Calling for Release of Detainees in Assad’s Prisons

Syrian activists on Wednesday held a sit-in outside the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland calling for the release of detainees in the prisons of the Assad regime. Participants of the sit-in, who included members of the opposition’s High Negotiations Committee (HNC) and relatives of detainees, held placards stressing that they are making their demands on behalf of every Syrian family having their loved ones detained in Assad’s prisons. Participants called for exercising pressure on the Assad regime to “immediately disclose all the names of detainees in its prisons; reveal their whereabouts and fate; and stop torture and ill-treatment of … Continue reading Activists & HNC Members Hold Sit-in outside UN Geneva HQ Calling for Release of Detainees in Assad’s Prisons

Hakim Calls on UK to Support Geneva Talks to Reach Political Transition

Secretary-General of the Syrian Coalition Nazir Hakim called on the United Kingdom to support the Geneva negotiations to bring about a political solution in line with the Geneva Communiqué of 2012 and the UN Security Council resolutions 2118 and 2254 calling for the establishment of a transitional governing body without Assad or his inner circle. Hakim was speaking during a meeting with political officer Tom Shepherd and Nebras Hassan from the British consulate in Turkey. Shepherd praised the plan of action outlined by the new presidential body. The two sides discussed the latest political and field developments, especially the sixth … Continue reading Hakim Calls on UK to Support Geneva Talks to Reach Political Transition

Hariri Condemns Assad’s Killing Machine as 15 Civilians Killed in Airstrikes on Hammouriya near Damascus

The Syrian opposition delegation to the Geneva talks denounced Bashar Al-Assad’s “killing machine,” saying that 15 civilians were killed and 70 more wounded in airstrikes on a public market in the town of Hammouriya in Rural Damascus on Saturday. Nasr Hariri, lead negotiator of the opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC), said after meeting the UN envoy on Saturday that terror in Syria is represented by the Assad regime, militias of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, ISIS, and Al-Qaeda. “I am talking about the killing machine and terror machine of the Assad regime,” Hariri said, reading the names of victims of the … Continue reading Hariri Condemns Assad’s Killing Machine as 15 Civilians Killed in Airstrikes on Hammouriya near Damascus

More Syrian Rebels, Families Evacuate Homs under Regime Deal

Buses transport rebel fighters and their families who evacuated the besieged Waer district in the central Syrian city of Homs Hundreds of rebels and their families left their last bastion in Syria’s Homs city on Monday,as part of an ongoing evacuation expected to be among the largest of its kind under a Russian-backed deal with the regime, state media and a monitor said. Heavy fighting between rebel groups and regime forces further north in Hama province over the weekend had delayed their departure from the city’s al-Waer district, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The regime has denied … Continue reading More Syrian Rebels, Families Evacuate Homs under Regime Deal

Syrian Rebels Defend Eastern Damascus Posts, Lead Major Offensive in Hama

Rebel fighters from the hardline Jund al-Aqsa man a checkpoint in Taybat al Imam town after they advanced in the town in Hama province, Syria August 31, 2016 Beirut – Syrian rebel leaders displayed great content over succeeding with relaying its political views in keep with the ongoing Geneva peace negotiations, all despite having lost grounds in the eastern Damascus to pro-regime forces. Syrian rebels continue to push their political demands in the face of a brutal and unprecedented military campaign led by Russian forces to curb an offensive launched by Syrian opposition factions in Hama. Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat … Continue reading Syrian Rebels Defend Eastern Damascus Posts, Lead Major Offensive in Hama

Hariri: HNC Discussed Transitional Governing Body with De Mistura

The Syrian opposition’s High Negotiations Committee (HNC) discussed in detail the question of a transitional governing body during their first meeting with the UN special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, head of the HNC delegation Nasr Hariri in Geneva said on Friday. “We have concluded fruitful discussions with Mr. Staffan de Mistura. We proceeded from the progress, achieved at the end of the previous round especially on the issue of political transition. We elaborated more on the transitional governing body and its structure as well as on all transitional institutions, related to the governing body during the transitional period,” … Continue reading Hariri: HNC Discussed Transitional Governing Body with De Mistura

Syria opposition ‘committed to political solution’

Head of Syrian opposition delegation, Naser al-Hariri (C) delivers a speech during a press conference following a meeting with UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura as the fifth round of the intra-Syrian talks continues in Geneva, Switzerland on March 24, 2017 The head of the Syrian opposition delegation at peace talks in Geneva stressed their commitment to a “political solution” yesterday. UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura met delegates from the Syrian regime of Bashar Al-Assad, headed by his envoy Bashar Al-Ja’afari, and representatives of the opposition, led by Nasr Al-Hariri. Following his meeting with de … Continue reading Syria opposition ‘committed to political solution’